Law students at ASU helping Uncle Sam shake down people for money - "If it's a return that gets more complicated, we don't help them. " - John Neuville
Law students offering free tax help
Apr. 8, 2006 12:00 AM
John Neuville, a second-year Arizona State University law student, co-directs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the university. The Internal Revenue Service started the program in 1970 across the nation to help low-income people with their taxes. The program's last two sessions this tax season will be Monday and Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the ASU Memorial Union. - Eugene Scott
Who can benefit from the services?
We mainly serve students. It's primarily international students, but we do help community members and ASU staff. We pretty much take most people, but originally our site was designed to help the non-residents, so that's mainly who we help.
Are there requirements?
It's for low-income people, $38,000 or less. . . . Taxes can be confusing especially if you're from a different country. We're mainly there to help people who don't know what they're doing.
How many people have you served this year?
We usually get 50 to 60 people signing up per night. We've done about 600 returns and probably will do another 100 in the next two days. More people sign up than we can help. It's first-come, first-served, so we sometimes have to turn people away.
What do you do exactly?
We actually fill out the returns with them. Nobody we see really has difficult returns. If it's a return that gets more complicated, we don't help them.
For information on the program, e-mail Neuville at Jonathan.Neuville@asu.edu.